New numbers just released on travel to Portugal in 2013 show that it was a record year with more than 14 million visitors in 2013, a rise of 4.2% over 2012. The National Statistics Institute (INE), in Portugal reported a 16.4% increase in overnight stays by American hotel guests. The U.S. is one of Portugal’s fastest growing inbound tourist markets. Revenues also increased 21%.
“In these uncertain times, American travelers are looking for two things–value for the dollar and the value of experience,” say Jayme Simões, a tourism spokesperson. “Portugal is strong on both counts. The country’s mild, year-round climate with its historical attractions, new and classic museums, and wine country make Portugal a memorable place to explore for the American traveler. Even with the exchange rate in Europe, Portugal is one of Europe’s best values.
Every region in Portugal saw an increase in guest stays. Porto and the Alentejo regions had the biggest increases up to 29% and 14.6% more guests. Lisbon was the most sought city and a growth of 8.4%. Azores showed an excellent an excellent rate of growth with more 7.4% increase.
Portugal is winning travelers over with its charm, officials say. Its seaside villages, fortified mountain towns and diverse landscapes are combined with a national dedication to quality tourism. More info at www.visitportugal.com